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Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest LGBT equality-rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States. According to the HRC, it has more than one million members and supporters. Its current president is Chad Griffin.

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Mainstream LGBT rights groups have abandoned Bradley Manning

Sunday, August 4, 2013
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One of the interesting factors is that two of the largest and most well funded LGBT rights groups in the U.S. have stayed quiet about Bradley Manning, his reprehensible treatment in custody and his trial. Why has Manning, whose revelations about the U.S. Army's actions epitomize social justice in action, gotten the cold shoulder from the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD? The silence of these groups has been deafening.

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LGBT advocacy groups team up to make gay marriage in N.J. a priority

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- Several national groups that support recognizing same-sex marriage are teaming up in New Jersey, saying that the state is primed to allow gay couples to wed.

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Latest polls mixed on marriage equality, discrimination, religious freedom

Saturday, July 13, 2013
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The latest polls released this week affirm growing support for marriage equality in several states around the nation, as well as growing support for LGBT-inclusive workplace protections. But another poll suggests religious freedom should trump discrimination laws.

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Record number of healthcare facilities commit to equal care for LGBT patients

Thursday, July 11, 2013
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WASHINGTON – U.S. hospitals and clinics are increasingly committed to equality for LGBT patients, according to a report released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

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Ark. economic development chief backs effort to legalize same-sex marriage

Monday, July 8, 2013
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' top economic development official on Monday called for legalizing gay marriage and said that treating same sex couples equally under the law could make the state a leader in the South and attract new business.

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New report examines the ‘Broken Bargain’ — hardships, barriers facing LGBT workers

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- A comprehensive report released Tuesday examines the myriad of hardships and barriers facing LGBT workers in the U.S., from being able to be fired, denied equal benefits and be required to pay thousands of dollars more in taxes simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Anti-gay activists gather outside HRC headquarters to denounce Pride Month

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- A group of leading anti-gay activists led by Peter LaBarbera, president of The Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), held a press conference in front of the Human Rights Campaign's national headquarters on Tuesday to denounce LGBT Pride month.

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An openly LGBT cabinet member? Let’s talk about key priorities…

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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An openly LGBT cabinet secretary would be another milestone for LGBT inclusion and an important symbol of pride for our community — but let’s be clear, this should not be a key priority for our community. Moreover, the idea that this would be a mark of failure on the part of the President doesn’t sit well with me. ... To me, a “key priority” for our community should be something tangible that actually advances our equality or improves our lives through policy or action.

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Fifty shades of red: The fight for equality marches on

Saturday, April 6, 2013
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There are just some people who will go to their graves believing what they believe. That is their journey – that is their little bit of racism, hatred and discrimination they will have to answer for. I believe at this moment in time, the red on the equality map needs to be celebrated. I believe the acceptance and support of our friends and families and co-workers and strangers needs to be celebrated, for these are the people who will stand by us and love us and help us to win whatever battles may lie ahead...

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HRC apologizes for treatment of transgender, immigration rights activists

Monday, April 1, 2013
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The Human Rights Campaign on Monday issued an apology for its treatment of transgender and immigration rights activists during rallies supporting marriage equality outside the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

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